Using GPS on your Fitbit is an excellent way of tracking your route as you walk or run. However, while many Fitbit fams love using it, some users find it quickly drains the battery.
Whether the built-in GPS or the GPS is connected using your smartphone’s location services, it causes fast battery drainage. That’s why many users prefer keeping their location off. But unfortunately, doing so is not as easy as it sounds.
You can turn your location off using the fitbit.com dashboard. However, the steps to turn off your location vary from one Fitbit model to another. And, there is no single way of turning it off on all Fitbits. Instead, you have to look for your model and follow specific instructions.
Lucky for you, we have rounded up the instructions for turning the location service off on the most popular Fitbit devices below. Have a look!
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Fitbit Inspire Series How To Turn GPS Off
- Open your Fitbit app on your phone or tablet
- Click on settings
- Scroll down to GPS and turn it off
Fitbit Luxe How To Turn GPS Off
- Open your Fitbit app on your phone ir tablet
- Choose the type of exercise you plan to do
- Swipe through the various settings to locate GPS
- Tap on ’GPS’ and turn your location off
Fitbit Versa How To Turn GPS Off
- You open the exercise app and choose the exercise you don’t want location tracking for.
- Tap on the gear icon for exercise settings.
- Locate the Connected GPS and turn it off.
Repeat for all the apps you don’t want GPS tracking for.
Fitbit Charge Series How To Turn GPS Off
This option is available for these activities: running, golf, walking, cycling, and hiking. Swimming does not have this option.
Fitbit Sense & Versa 3 How To Turn GPS Off
The Fitbit Sense and Versa both have a built-in GPS. To turn it off:
- Open the exercise app.
- Tap on the exercise you want to disable GPS for.
- Swipe down to the bottom and open the exercise’s settings.
- Locate GPS amongst the various settings and toggle it off.
- Repeat for other exercises.
Fitbit Ionic How To Turn GPS Off
Fitbit Ionic also has built-in GPS, but it has a different approach to turning off the location service. To do so:
- Open the exercise app on your Ionic.
- Select the exercise you want the location disabled for.
- Please tap on the gear icon and open its settings.
- Locate GPS and turn it off.
7. How To Turn Fitbit GPS Off With Fitbit.com Dashboard
You can also turn the location online by logging into the fitbit.com dashboard.
First, open the Fitbit website and log into your account. Next, click on the settings gear icon and choose your Fitbit device. It will open the device menu. Scroll down until you see the GPS option. Please open it and turn the location service off. Now sync your Fitbit device to update its settings as well.
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Does Fitbit Work Without a Phone Nearby?
Fitbits with an integrated GPS, such as the Fitbit Sense, Versa 3, Ionic, and Charge 4 & Charge 5 work without a phone nearby. Get accurate real-time heart rate, pace, distance, elevation, and split times—as well as a post-workout summary without connected to your phone.
You can the top 10 things you can do with your Fitbit without your phone, in Fitbits blogpost.
There are two functions for which the Fitbit needs your phone; to sync your daily activity and wellness data with the Fitbit app and to track your location via the connected GPS, this only needs to be done every 7 days.
If you venture out too far away from your phone, your Fitbit will stop syncing your data. However, it will retain the data till midnight or until the battery runs out. Therefore, be sure to sync the data at your earliest, otherwise, you risk losing it.
Not having your phone nearby also results in location service or GPS loss on some Fitbits. So if your Fitbit does not have built-in GPS and you want to track your route, be sure to keep your phone nearby, or you’ll risk losing your data.
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